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The absurdity, and the warped politics, of North Carolina's fisheries management scam was amply illustrated one again last week.

Click here to go to the original source to read the rest of the story. There you will find the asinine argument of the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina that somehow commercial fishermen were catching what CCA considered "too many" Red Drum because—get this—commercial fishermen were trying to catch more Red Drum.

Now, if you've read this far in this article we think you are now ready for our argument about the absurdity of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) management nonsense.

In the simplest terms, the fundamental problem with the DMF science is that they don't know the difference between their identified independent variable (total fish species population) and their dependent variable (the fish they measure). They have no clue what the correlation is between the number of fish there are and the number that are caught. One cannot even find an attempt to determine if there are intervening variables. Then they (and CCA) treat correlation as causation. That's bogus science.

Read the full story at the Beaufort Observer>>

Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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